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Michigan Tech Named Among Top-20 Public Colleges with Smartest Students

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
Business Insider has rated Michigan Tech number 11 among the top-20 public universities with the smartest students. In assembling its list, Business Insider used data from the website Niche and its College Prowler, a service that provides college reviews by students.

“We see all that our students accomplish here at Michigan Tech and all the companies seeking them out for employment,” said John Lehman, associate vice president for enrollment, marketing and communications. “It doesn’t take long to see that there is something pretty special about the students here. They are smart, amazingly smart. It’s satisfying to know that others see that as well.”

Business Insider also includes student quotes “to illustrate the student intellect and academic caliber of each school.” For Michigan Tech, a student said, “”I love my professors—all of them seem dedicated to their job, as well as understanding. The workload is more than most schools, but the best isn’t the easiest!”

College Prowler features rankings by students in more than 20 categories, from academics to weather and from computers to parking.

According to their website, Business Insider is “dedicated to aggregating, reporting, and analyzing the top news stories across the web.”

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Published in Tech Today.

Grad student attends first PhD Conference on Earth System Science

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Jianqiu Zheng, a PhD candidate in the atmospheric sciences, who is under the advisement of Paul Doskey (CEE), recently traveled to the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany to attend the first PhD Conference on Earth System Science. Zheng presented her research on soil emissions of nitrous oxide, which is a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide. She was the only attendee from a US University.

Published in Tech Today.

Alumna named American Geosciences Institute/Schlumberger Geoscience Communication Fellow

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Stephanie Tubman, an alumna of the Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) program, has been named American Geosciences Institute/Schlumberger Geoscience Communication Fellow. Tubman will be working with AGI’s Critical Issues Program to disseminate geoscience information to help support decision-making at the federal, state and municipal levels.

Following her undergraduate degree at Colgate University, she completed an internship at the US Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory and enrolled in the PCMI program in geohazards mitigation.

During her two-year tour in Guatemala with the Peace Corps, she was assigned to a municipal environmental office, collaborating with local officials on water management, environmental science education and ecotourism projects.

Published in Tech Today.

2014 MSGC Awardees Announced

Monday, March 24th, 2014
Michigan Tech faculty, staff members and students received awards tallying $71,175 in funding through the Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) sponsored by the NASA.


Research highlighted in EE Times

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Research completed by graduate student Brennan Tymrak (EME), alumna Megan Kreiger (EMSE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was highlighted in the EE Times article”Measuring Open Source Hardware 3D-Printed Material Strength.”

Published in Tech Today.

Grad students’ work published in the journal Renewable Energy

Monday, March 17th, 2014

ECE graduate students J. Rozario, A. H. Vora, and S. K. Debnath, and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) published “The effects of dispatch strategy on electrical performance of amorphous silicon-based solar photovoltaic-thermal system” in the journal Renewable Energy.

Published in Tech Today.

Stream Monitoring in Your Own Backyard

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Schoolchildren in the Houghton area are learning about water resources protection in a hands-on way. They are joining Michigan Tech faculty and students in monitoring Huron Creek and its watershed, which serves a large part of Houghton and surrounding communities.

Graduate student Lindsey Watch wrote about this stream monitoring project as part of an NSF-funded program to help scientists learn to communicate their research to schoolchildren and the public.

Read the full news story.

Published in Tech Today by Jenn Donovan, director of news and media relations

US News Ranks Michigan Tech PhD Programs in Engineering, Science

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

More of Michigan Tech’s PhD level engineering and science programs than ever made US News & World Report’s annual graduate school rankings, released today. The rankings reflect momentum generated by Michigan Tech’s focus on graduate education and research, said Provost Max Seel. The Graduate School has more than doubled its enrollment since 2005.

Michigan Tech’s PhD engineering programs earned an overall ranking of 90th, tied with George Washington University, Rochester Institute of Technology and Mississippi State University. Biomedical engineering at Tech showed up in the rankings for the first time, placing 71st.


Alumnus receives 2014 TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Research Assistant Professor Zhiwei Peng (MSE) has received a 2014 TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award from the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society. The award is supported by the TMS Foundation.

Peng, who recently completed a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Michigan Tech, was honored with the 2013 Bhakta Rath Award for his exceptional research on the use of microwaves to make steel. “I am truly grateful for the education at Michigan Tech which laid a solid foundation for my career,” said Peng. “I am also deeply indebted to my advisor, Jiann-Yang Hwang, for his excellent and invaluable guidance during my PhD studies.”


Grad student interviewed on Michigan Radio

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Katie Snyder, a PhD candidate in rhetoric and technical communication and editor of Beyond the Glass Ceiling, was interviewed by Michigan Radio, Michigan’s flagship public radio station, regarding the publication and its role on campus. You can hear her interview here.

Published in Tech Today

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